Mexican reporter executed and another missing in northeastern state

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  • January 8, 2010

By Dean Graber

The rash of attacks on Mexican journalists has resulted in the first assassination this year. Two reporters from the newspaper Zócalo Saltillo were kidnapped Thursday night, and one of them, Valentín Valdés Espinosa, was found dead outside a motel this morning (Jan. 8) with a warning note on his chest, the newspaper reports. The message's contents were not revealed.

Valdés Espinosa is one of the founding reporters of the newspaper, which began publishing in June 2008 in Saltillo, Coahuila. He and two other reporters were driving on a major Saltillo boulevard when their car was intercepted by two other vehicles. Valdés Espinosa and one of his two companions were forced into the vehicles, Zócalo reports.

More stories can be found in Spanish.

Note from the editor: This story was originally published by the Knight Center’s blog Journalism in the Americas, the predecessor of LatAm Journalism Review.